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David Miscavige: Valerie Haney’s lawsuit is a publicity stunt and I want no part of it

[Scientology’s leader and his former steward]

Poor Scientology leader David Miscavige. You know, you give someone a job for years as an indentured servant out at your Worker’s Paradise on a secluded 500-acre California compound, make them cater to your every need 24 hours a day in your private quarters and blow a gasket every time your morning eggs aren’t just right, and then after demoting them, make sure they can’t leave the compound ever again to see family or friends because they know too much about you.

And then, after they escape in the trunk of a car, they sue you? What’s the world coming to?

Since Scientology’s ultimate honcho can’t imagine why his former servant and base escapee would sue him, he can only come to the conclusion that she’s taking part in a publicity stunt in order to harm his reputation.

What other reason could she possibly have?

Well, the 59-year-old Scientology pontiff will have plenty of time to ponder that as three recent lawsuits slowly make their way through the courts, including one filed by Valerie Haney, formerly his private steward at Gold Base. In a new filing from the lawsuit we have for you, Miscavige is moving to quash the service of the summons and complaint on him, which took place in October. Miscavige says the attempt to serve him papers was a “fraud,” and that the process server lied to the court about it.


But then, the motion, written by Miscavige’s attorney Jeffrey Riffer, digs into Valerie herself.

Plaintiff’s fraudulent proof of service is just her most recent stunt aimed at generating media attention and harassing Mr. Miscavige. Plaintiff alleges no facts that Mr. Miscavige engaged in any wrongdoing. But, by naming Mr. Miscavige as a defendant, Plaintiff could tell the media that she sued the leader of the religion, in an effort to ensure that the allegations were widely disseminated. This lawsuit was brought to generate media attention as leverage.

That emphasis is in the original, by the way.

Miscavige also points out that Valerie initially filed the case as a “Jane Doe,” and he says that she did it in order to generate publicity.

But then, after filing the suit, she waited 121 days to attempt to serve Miscavige, a violation of the rule that she serve it in 60 days, he says. (We don’t know if this matters or not.)

When Valerie later replaced the Jane Doe designation with her own name on an amended complaint on September 30, we thought it was a brave act. But Miscavige brings it up in order to say that it too was a publicity ploy.

(The funny thing is, even bigger lawsuits that will generate even more publicity are coming, and if Miscavige is upset now, he’s really going to be tearing his hair out later.)

He points out that well before the lawsuit was filed, Valerie had spoken publicly about her allegations. In fact, she did so in a big way in the premiere episode of Leah Remini’s third season of Scientology and the Aftermath. But so what? None of this has anything to do with quashing a process server. Miscavige just can’t help himself, and his attorneys are too afraid of him to tell him that this stuff doesn’t belong in this kind of motion.

The document then goes into the same litany of complaints about the process server that the RTC motion did, and again, it all looks like such minor complaints that we can’t imagine the court will have any trouble resolving this stuff pretty easily.

“In summary, Plaintiff never made any attempt to personally serve Mr. Miscavige. There was no due diligence. Hall’s Declaration of Due Diligence is a fraud on the court. The purported substitute service on October 17 does not subject Mr. Miscavige to the court’s jurisdiction.”

So Miscavige, with this “special appearance,” is saying that he shouldn’t be considered a defendant in the lawsuit. Well, perhaps not yet. Maybe a few more trips to the HGB building by a more wisened process server will do the trick.

Notably, however, unlike the motions filed by other defendants in this lawsuit, and by all of the defendants including Miscavige in the Danny Masterson lawsuit, there’s no request for sanctions here. Did Miscavige think that was a step too far for a plaintiff who knows him so personally well? We don’t know.

Meanwhile, the case itself has been transferred to a new courtroom.

We told you last week that Valerie’s legal team had made a peremptory challenge to Judge Teresa A. Beaudet, which they can do one time without stating a reason. So now, the case has been assigned to Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr.


We find that Judge Burdge made the news in a couple of Hollywood cases, so he’s accustomed to lawsuits that generate a lot of publicity, even if that seems to singe David Miscavige’s hide.

Here’s the document…

Haney v. Scientology: David… by Tony Ortega on Scribd


Leaked document of the day

From the Mace-Kingsley Ranch documents release comes this item.

The Church of Scientology is quick to deny any connection to the Mace-Kingsley Ranch, which was started up by a couple of Scientologists. But as this leaked copy of a child’s record at the ranch shows, he couldn’t “graduate” until he’d completed numerous steps that are nothing but Scientology.

“Ruin found.”



Source Code

“Once in a while, you will exteriorize a thetan and he will try to steady himself by putting a beam on the wall, and the wall will eat up the beam. The beam, you see, is very, too close to the wavelength of that wall, and the, he’ll stick….It isn’t that he’s drifted down in combating the wavelength forever, he just mocks up on that level with great ease, and he’s got a real body. He’d be visible, to some slight degree, even to MEST eyes. They’re, scare people stiff if they happen to turn around and see one of these boys, because they’re real rough-looking characters, there’s no doubt about it. Of course, they have a sort of a humor about their roughness. I ran into one, one time, that had a beautiful tail. This solid black, sort of furry, with a beautiful tail, and a cat’s face, and long electronic — this sounds like something out of a nightmare, I know — and long electronic claws. And, I asked this character a few questions, one way or the other, I mean, I exteriorized him just that way, you see, exteriorized him in his body, and I asked him to knock a piece of paper off the desk, and he simply reached over and he knocked the piece of paper all right, but he also charred it! And, he reached around a moment later and took hold of the sofa and stuck to it. He couldn’t get his hand free instantly, startled him, and he did an immediate flip back into the body. But he was quite visible to MEST eyes. It was like a dark shadow standing in the room. If you can imagine a shadow, a quite plain shadow, standing upright in the room with a quite bright set of streamers coming out of its hands, you’d have this. This is very, very strange. This fellow, by the way, was quite afraid of demons. And he’d mocked his, he had mocked himself up this way because for many centuries he had fought demons. And of course he went in and mocked up, then, the winning valence: the demons.” — L. Ron Hubbard, November 26, 1953


Overheard in the FreeZone

“I think LRH’s own case got the better of him ultimately. Researched alot of processes, but did he GET ALOT? (Hell, even Hubbard’s own auditor tapes of him auditing SUCK!…he double and triple acks….invalidateive and even supercilious.) He put FAR TOO MUCH ATTENTION on NAYSAYERS. You DON’T ACKNOWLEDGE them or give them credence. ACT as if ALREADY disconnected from them. If Arnold Schwarzenegger listened to all naysayers, he’d still be in Bavaria somewhere parking trucks or driving tanks!”


Random Howdy

“Third party law was specifically created by Hubbard to handle mothers-in-law.”


Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[The Big Three: Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and Kirstie Alley]

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Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,640 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,769 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,273 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,793 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 813 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 704 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,011 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,879 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,653 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,427 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,773 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,339 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,258 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,426 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,007 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,268 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,307 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,019 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,545 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,071 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,634 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,774 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,094 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,950 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,069 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,424 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,727 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,833 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,235 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,107 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,690 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,185 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,439 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,548 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on November 26, 2019 at 07:00

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